Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Install cpulimit

Install cpulimit

Type the following commands to install latest stable release:
# cd /tmp
# wget ''
# tar -zxvf cpulimit-1.1.tar.gz
# cd cpulimit-1.1
# make
# cp cpulimit /usr/local/sbin/
# rm -rf cpulimit*

A note about Debian / Ubuntu Linux users

Type the following command to install cpulimit:
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install cpulimit

How do I use cpulimit?

To limit CPU usage of the process called firefox to 30%, enter:
# cpulimit -e firefox -l 30
To limit CPU usage of the process to 30% by using its PID, enter:
# cpulimit -p 1313 -l 30
To find out PID of the process use any of the following:
# ps aux | less
# ps aux | grep firefox
# pgrep -u vivek php-cgi
# pgrep lighttpd

You can also use absolute path name of the executable, enter:
# cpulimit -P /opt/firefox/firebox -l 30

  • -p : Process PID.
  • -e : Process name.
  • -l : percentage of CPU allowed from 0 to 100.
  • -P: absolute path name of the executable program file.

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